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The Hap- HapHappiest Christmas Chevy Chase visits Columbus for a night of holiday memories By Rocco Falleti BREAK OUT YOUR dickie and pour some eggnog, the holidays are finally here. For 30 years, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has captivated audiences of all ages and for one night only, Columbus will have the chance to spend the evening with Clark W. Griswold, Jr. himself. Actor and comedian Chevy Chase is visiting the Palace Theatre for a special screening of the timeless movie. Immediately following the show, he will host a Q&A session. Over the last few months, he has also screened Caddyshack on the very same tour. In anticipation of his visit, CityScene Magazine caught up with Chase and discussed Christmas Vacation, stories from the set and a surprising injury he sustained in one of the film’s most iconic scenes.

A Chat with Chevy

CS: It’s been 30 years since Christmas Vacation was released. During filming, did you ever think that Christmas Vacation would remain so widely popular after all these years? CC: There’s no way to know that, but one hopes all your films would be. It was a lot of fun making the movie and I knew it covered a wide range of audience. It’s funny, but not sadistic. I think it’s a pretty good movie. CS: Let’s talk about your time on set. What are some memories that stick out in your mind? CC: Oh wow, let’s see. Well, the house that we inhabited during filming was basically the same house they shot Lethal Weapon in. That scene when I am trying to put the lights on the roof and fall off, I actually landed on a toilet. I had forgotten all about the toilet explosion in Lethal Weapon, and it turned out to be the same one. It was a pretty good omen, I thought. Oh, and I broke my leg. Just kidding. 6 | December 2019

CS: What was your favorite scene to shoot? CC: There’s so many little things throughout the movie that lends themselves to my humor. When you’re coming down the line as I’m showing off my twinkling lights on the roof and E.G. Marshal says, “The little lights aren’t twinkling,” I keep moving down the line and you discover cousin Eddie is there; I love that kind of double take. Randy (Quaid) was very good at playing that part. He called his dog Snots. I mean, that’s such a nice name. CS: Did you actually break your pinky during one of the scenes? CC: (Laughs) I did. There were a lot of extremely organic scenes in the movie. It just sort of happened through improv. (In the scene) I was going nuts because the lights wouldn’t go on when I plugged them in, and I got angry at these four deer on my lawn. They turned out to be made of plastic, but to me, they looked like they’d be fluff. I ran over and hit one of them so hard and, unfortunately, broke my pinky. CS: While you’ve been on the road, screening your films, what’s it been like to revisit some of your work? CC: It’s a big favor to audiences. I’m very much in touch with every scene that I’m in. I know what’s going on, I dealt with (the movie) in post-production. I love it. CS: Your holidays may not be as chaotic as a Griswold Christmas, but what are some of your family’s traditions? CC: Every year, I punch those plastic reindeer and hope someone can readjust my pinky (laughing). But no, my three children and my wife, we’re just a normal kind of family in the middle of all of this. CS20

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An Evening with Chevy Chase December 21 The Palace Theatre 7 p.m.

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A Jazzy Little Holiday

The Columbus Jazz Orchestra takes a nostalgic approach to its holiday concert By Rocco Falleti

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THE HOLIDAYS mean a lot to Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Byron Stripling. Stripling recalls his home filled with the sounds of Nat King Cole, Andy Williams and The Carpenters around the holidays. He views the season as a window to the past. “It immediately transports me back to my childhood,” Stripling says. “It makes me thankful for what my parents gave me: the gift of music.” In 2003, Stripling joined the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and wanted to provide that same type of transporting, nostalgic experience. So, he created Home for the Holidays.


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When he first pitched the idea of the holiday concert, Striping wanted to make sure everyone could be included, not just those who celebrate Christmas. He pieced together a show that is now a Columbus holiday tradition, inclusive for all audiences. “What I have traditionally done is give a nod to all kinds of people and music others might be listening to during their holiday season,” Stripling says. “Whether that be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or anything people may be celebrating.” He says although the show is always holiday-oriented, it’s constantly changing over time. Each year, jazz musicians bring something new to the performance.

Home for the Holidays 2019

This year’s Home for the Holidays will run Dec. 4-8 at the Southern Theatre. Two renowned artists will be featured: Z.F. Taylor, a singer and Columbus native, along with Nicki Parrott, an Australian-born bassist and singer. Stripling wants to connect those who are unfamiliar with jazz to recognizable songs. “In our show, it’s all about tapping your foot. You’ll hear songs like ‘Jingle Bells’ or ‘O Holy Night’ put through the frame of jazz,” Stripling says. “After the holiday show, people end up becoming lifelong consumers of the CJO. It opens them up.” Stripling highlights Christmas nostalgia every year to provide the perfect kickoff to the holiday season. He hopes to transport audiences and give them a memorable experience. “Music is the most powerful anchor in our lives, especially holiday music. They hear a song and it transports them, especially if those feelings are positive,” Stripling says. “That’s what life is about, those experiences that we get, not the things that we acquire.” CS20 Rocco Falleti is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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Derms of Endearment Busting myths and learning tricks for healthy skin By Lydia Freudenberg

AND SO, the series comes to an end. We decided to end with a big one: the integumentary system. Consisting of the skin, hair, nails and exocrine glands, the integumentary system protects all the other systems, so it’s important to keep it healthy and clean.

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With stress, bad habits, genetics and weather, keeping skin vibrant is difficult. Dr. Stephanie L. Cotell – with Northeast Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center along with Mount Carmel East and Mount Carmel Grove City – washes away our fear surrounding trending skin treatments.

Vampire Facial

A vampire facial, Cotell says, is the process of injecting a patient’s own plasma from their blood to help with wrinkles, fine lines and tightening of the skin. The process is called a platelet-rich plasma injection, and is growing in popularity. The facial gets its name because bleeding occurs at the injection site, leaving a red, but eventually smooth, complexion. “It’s very safe because you’re using your own blood products,” Cotell says. “Typically, you do need to do more than one treatment to get the benefit.”

Avocado Face Mask

Avocados are awesome for our health and nutrition, so avocado masks should work just as well, right? “I think this is a myth,” Cotell says. “Avocado taken internally can be helpful because it has healthy fats and fiber. There is good science behind ingesting avocado, but not good science to applying it to your skin.”

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Walking down a skincare aisle in any store, it's impossible to miss the charcoal paper and clay masks. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? Will these magical products remove all your blackheads? “Applying charcoal to your skin is probably an overrated procedure,” Cotell says. “Think about how we traditionally use charcoal: It’s used in emergency rooms for overdoses because it absorbs ingested toxins. However, when you’re applying it to the skin, we do not have good data other than it acts as a typical exfoliant.” To help fight blackheads and acne, Cotell recommends over-the-counter treatments with glycolic acid, as more science upholds its ability to help skin. The biting winter weather means proper moisturizer. Cotell recommends a cream (usually found in jars or tubes) rather than a lotion (packaged with a pump), as creams are thicker and richer in ceramides, helping to combat winter dryness more efficiently.

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Food for Thought

The holidays come with chocolate sweets and treats. Sugar isn’t just bad for your diet; it can also irritate the skin beyond breakouts. “When you get increased blood sugar levels, you get these sticky compounds in your skin that can cause collagen damage. It has a funny name called sugar sag and can lead to wrinkling and sagging of the skinn,” she says. “Now, is this going to happen to everybody? No. But, in general, we recommend not having a high-sugar diet.” Foods such as sweet potatoes are high in carotenoids and help fight free radicals that harm proteins in the skin. High omega-3 foods such as fish and walnuts help prevent inflammation of the skin. But don’t get too hung up on food unless your diet is poor. Other factors, such as genetics, are more related to skin care complications.


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Cotell says beyond the vampire facial, a newer device called Secret uses microneedling and radio frequency to tighten skin. Other advancements within the past few years include PRP injections for hair growth and CoolSculpting, a noninvasive light-based body contouring procedure. In the end, healthy and glowing skin is possible with healthy habits. “Sometimes I say one good healthy habit leads to another,” Cotell says. “If you start taking care of your skin and start feeling good, then you may start exercising, and then that translates into a healthier outlook.” CS20

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Tricks for Kids Teenagers are concerned about breakouts and adults worry about wrinkles, but what about kids? For baths, keep water lukewarm and keep baths around 10 minutes to avoid skin dryness. Pat the skin dry with a towel and use a sensitive cream moisturizer. Use fragrance-free and dye-free detergents to avoid skin irritation. Use sunscreen, even in the winter! This is also an important tip for teens and adults. December 2019 |


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Garland Geography A Map of Christmases in Ohio By Brittany Mosley

ALL ACROSS OHIO, we’re in the holiday

spirit. This guide of Christmas celebrations around the state shows a few ways you can take your holidays on the road.

Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge

Step back in time to A Christmas Carol and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Victorian era. Each year, Cambridge throws a Christmas celebration with a classic twist. The Dickens Victorian Village in Cambridge’s historic downtown displays more than 90 classic Christmas scenes inspired by the Victorian era, accompanied with carriage rides, local art, photo booths, tea times with Queen Victoria and more. Started by Bob and Sue Ley, a couple who wanted to help bring people to the city, the Victorian Village comes from humble beginnings and has exploded into a widely recognized, well-loved celebration. Cambridge sees thousands of visitors from far and wide throughout the months of November and December, many of them returning to the Village as a part of their holiday traditions. “That’s kind of the fun part – meeting all the people and hearing where they’re from,” says Tom Davey, president of the event planning board. The Village features 189 life-size characters sculpted and painted by local artists, all wearing authentic vintage clothing. Look for familiar faces such as Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim, or explore the cheerful scenes of carolers, lamplighters and school children frozen in time. “I don’t know if there’s anything like it in the country,” Davey says. 12 | December 2019

For some modern magic, the courthouse light show decorates the 19th century building with 30,000 lights dancing to the sound of holiday tunes. The Dickens Victorian Village runs through Jan. 1.

rade was added to the itinerary last year. Young visitors are led through downtown by St. Nicholas while carrying lanterns and singing Christmas carols. The ever-growing celebration welcomes visitors through Jan. 4.

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

Cruise through a spectacle of colorful Christmas scenes in Delaware’s Alum Creek State Park. Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights is a three-mile drive through more than 145 dazzling light displays, sure to enchant the whole family. It’s for a good cause, too. Part of the proceeds from the Fantasy of Lights benefit local charities. More than 20 displays are brand new this year and were kept secret until the celebration began in mid-November. The festival turns 20 this year, and expects to see 100,000 cheery visitors throughout its duration. Visitors can experience the magic through Jan. 1. Tickets and season passes are available both online and at the gate. Keep up with the event’s Instagram and Facebook pages for special offers.

Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market

The crown jewel of this village is the largest collection of life-size nutcrackers in the world on display 24 hours a day at Fort Steuben Park. More than 180 nutcrackers are featured this year, each crafted in Steubenville, painted by volunteers and given a name. New this year, half of the nutcrackers have ventured out of the park and decorate two blocks downtown. “We do research behind every nutcracker to make sure they’re as authentic as possible, which is really fun,” says nutcracker designer Thérèse Nelson. The Nutcracker Village began as an initiative to spark economic and community growth in the Rust Belt city. The first year, the committee didn’t even advertise the event, but the reception was astounding. “It was like this magical gathering of people,” Nelson says. “There’s not a way to describe it, except actually magic. A miracle. It was the first time most of Steubenville had seen community in the last 50 years.” There are also performances and events sprinkled throughout the month of December to give visitors plenty of exciting activities. To accompany the classic Christmas parade, a children’s lantern pa-

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Steubenville Nutcracker Village & Advent Market

Butch Bando’s Fantasy of Lights

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1 Take Flight Ohio

This gift will quite literally make anyone’s heart soar. Take Flight Ohio offers the experience of flying in a real airplane, with thrill flights, adventure flights and ultimate flights. Sit right in the cockpit and refine your maneuvering skills while letting the pilot know where you want to go!

2 Mrs. Goodman’s Baking Co.

Choosing to give this holiday gift is a piece of cake; picking the flavor is the hard part. Mrs. Goodman’s offers specialty cakes in flavors such as carrot, Italian cream and pumpkin spice. Don’t forget the display of pies (chocolate peanut butter – yum), cookies, brownies, cupcakes and fluffy cinnamon rolls.

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Give the gift of fine dining, colorful cocktails, exquisite wine and a host of delicious plates. Dine in the winter and enjoy a beautiful array of holiday lights and blanketed bricks of snow, or save your reservation for warmer weather on the No. 1 patio in Columbus.

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It’s impossible to keep a straight face while receiving workout apparel with that glowing Lululemon symbol on it. Shop for more than just leggings with new jackets, coats and vests.

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8 Amish Originals

Gift shopping for home décor can be a hit-or-miss experience, so don’t take any chances and stop by Amish Originals in Westerville for one-of-a-kind, beautifully crafted gifts.

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9 9 The Candle Lab

For that scent-frenzied friend, give the gift of the Candle Lab experience, which allows you to create your very own candle in-store.

10 Schmidt’s Fudge Haus

You can’t go wrong with fudge. Schmidt’s chocolate is cooked the old-fashioned way and made with roasted pecans, walnuts, caramel, marshmallows and more. Snag the trio fudge sampler if you can’t settle on one flavor.

11 Graeter’s Ice Cream

Not even chilly weather can stop us from obsessing over Graeter’s ice cream. Seasonal flavors like eggnog and peppermint stick are essential for any successful holiday.

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Any running junkie knows you can never have enough tennis shoes. A good rule of thumb is to replace your running shoes every 300 miles. Have no idea what kind of shoe to buy? Columbus Running Company experts will help you find exactly what you need for the runner on your list.

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Perfect for the reader in your life, My Bookworm Box does more than provide endless hours of reading. The company donates 100 percent of its profits to charities. Pick a genre and sign someone up for a subscription box, which arrives with an array of goodies, including an autographed book. www.thebook

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Amber, turquoise, pearls, oh my! What On Earth sells jewelry using traditional gemstones, making a unique and beautiful selection. Browse through sterling silver rings, 18-karat-gold necklaces and more.



Give the gift of COSI this year with the opportunity to visit Unseen Oceans, the Dinosaur Gallery and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer. With adventure around every corner and through every hallway, COSI is an experience your friend or loved one won’t forget. Check online for calendar events to plan your day!

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There’s a record for everyone on your list at Spoonful Records. Browse through the massive selection of genres, both classics and new releases. Plus, snag an adorable tote!

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Syrupy Sips Service Bar’s No. 1 holiday cocktail gets a little sappy By Rocco Falleti ELVES STICK TO the four main food groups during

the holiday season: Candy, candy canes, candy corns and, of course, syrup. Service Bar is celebrating one of those four food groups with its latest cocktail featuring maple syrup. Kyle Nelson, beverage director at Service Bar, gives the inside scoop. “Maple and vanilla go really well together. It’s very seasonal,” Nelson says. “I love working with the maple syrup, it’s a lot of fun. It brings a lot of different complexities to cocktails.” CS20

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Try it Yourself • 2 oz. Oyo Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka • ½ oz. Averna • ¾ oz. lemon juice • ¾ oz. Barrel Aged Maple Syrup

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• Three dashes Greenbar apple bitters

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Travel as a Political Act Rick Steves stops in Columbus for sold-out talk By Caitlyn Blair

FOR RICK STEVES, author of Europe Through the Back Door and host of Rick Steves’ Europe on PBS, travel is more than a leisurely pastime. From a young age, Steves knew that traveling would be a major part of his life. When he was 14, his parents took him to visit relatives in Norway. It was there he realized the sheer number of humans who each had their own important story to tell. Four years later, he went back to Europe with a childhood friend. “I remember hitchhiking across western Ireland,” Steves recalls. “We’d stick out our thumbs in whichever direction the sparse traffic was rolling. When asked where we were going, we’d say ‘Ireland’ and hop in.” Steves has now spent a lifetime advocating for Americans to become “temporary locals.” Through his television series Rick Steves’ Europe, Steves has made himself into an essential resource for travelers wishing to explore Europe. Of all the travel skills he teaches, he says, connecting with the locals is the most rewarding of all. “You can go deeper than traditions put on display for tourists,” he says. “A more intimate Europe survives. You find it best by becoming a temporary local. Make new friends where there are no postcards.” To achieve this, Steves recommends traveling solo, deeming it the ultimate freedom and the best way to be more approachable and likely to connect with locals. As for his favorite spot, Steves says that while Venice is one of the more crowded destinations in Europe, it is also one of the best places he’s visited as an adult. “I’ve found that one of the best family trips we took was split between Venice and the Cinque Terre,” Steves says, continuing, “so, you’ve got Venice, which is all the sightseeing and the great churches, and an unforgettable city. Great for kids if they can swim. And then it’s a direct train line over to the Cinque Terre, the Italian Riviera. Free time on the beach, hiking through the vineyards. It was wonderful.” His YouTube video touring Italy’s Cinque Terre is also one of his most popular, garnering more than 2.8 million views. While commercial success is certainly not part of the lifestyle he promotes, he is no stranger to it. Steves has been publishing books since 1980, including country guidebooks and city and regional guidelines. In 2009, he published Travel as a Political Act, where he shared experiences and lessons from a lifetime of travel – the same experiences he plans to share at his local talk, An Evening with Rick Steves. The Dec. 2 event is made possible by the Westerville Public Library in partnership with several other central Ohio libraries. “My goal is to inspire you to travel out of your comfort zone, gain an empathy with the other 96 percent of humanity and bring home what I consider the great-

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est of all souvenirs: a broader perspective,” Steves says. CS20 Caitlyn Blair is a contributing writer. Feedback welcome at

Clockwise from top left: Wartburg Castle, Germany Cinque Terre, Italy Palo Alto, California Iran

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Intertwining Works The final CCAD Grads in the Galleries braids to new lengths By Lydia Freudenberg

FOR THOSE WHO have visited ROY G BIV Gallery in the last month, the fashionable braids and woven sculptures draped throughout the spaces are mystifying. The display may seem collaborative, but it’s actually just complementary. The braided works, made by Erica Rodney, and the woven pieces, created by Anita Maharjan, are part of the final Columbus College of Art and Design series CCAD Grads in the Galleries: Celebrating 140 years of creative excellence.

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Rodney created monochromatic garments draped in braided hair to express more than a single message. “I think we get a lot of things wrong because we try to pinpoint one thing and say, ‘Oh, that’s the problem,’ but it’s not like that. Just like us; we’re complicated creatures,” Rodney says. “I’m trying to be a better fashion designer, and I have no choice but to talk about the things that I think are problems.” Rodney wanted to explore textures that she could easily manipulate. She comes from generations of braiders; the hair she uses represents her own culture. “Hair has been a big part of our lives as black women,” she says. “And when I decided to use the hair I was like, ‘Yes, this is fine arts and fashion. This is what I’ve been feeling for so long.’” The fabric is cut clean and rather simplistic, bringing attention to the unique choice of hair. This also signifies the exploration of fashion and encourages others to think twice about how they represent their second skin: clothing. “We’re not really connected to our clothes; we just pick (clothes) out of the barrel that are already made,” Rodney says. “We have to do better with what we’re wearing. It should be more personal, slow and more intentional.” But what really gets Rodney fired up is the unsustainability of the fast-fashion, ready-to-wear industry. According to CBS News, 1.2 billion tons of greenhouse gas emission is created annually because of textiles production – and that’s just the beginning. Rodney talks about Xintang,

China, where the water turned blue because of pollution from the manufacture of denim jeans, and the 2013 Dhaka garment factory collapse, where more than 1,000 workers died in a classified sweatshop. “I don’t feel comfortable making readyto-wear. It feels wrong. It’s dead wrong,” she says. “This is something I can’t look away from and this is definitely my fight. My work is politically charged, and it has a lot to do with social issues and struggles.” Rodney talks about her piece called Insecurity, a short dress entirely made of braids, held up by the braids in the model’s hair. The garment symbolizes the weight people may feel in a world where climate change issues, social disputes and political unrest cause uncertainty. “Even though there are so many reasons and context behind my work, I’m really just trying to be the change that I want to see,” Rodney says. “I feel so desperate to do something different with fashion. … This is who I am. I can’t run from it.”

Photos courtesy of Erica Rodney and Anita Maharjan

Weaving Cultures

Maharjan is all about breaking the rules. At 18 years old, she was the first member of her family to leave her home country of Nepal for the U.S. to study art – which she says isn’t common, as most Nepalis immigrate to study medicine or I.T. She also took her cultural skill of weaving and turned it into an art form, something her family doesn’t always understand. But all her rule-breaking led to her current series: woven pieces comprised of plastic, fabric and wax that express and explore her multicultural background. “I’m so fortunate to be here; weaving has been a bridge for me to fill in that gap,” Maharjan says, “but at the same time, the question ‘where is home?’ is very loaded.” The largest piece Maharjan is presenting at ROY G BIV is The Wall. The woven, sculpture-like artwork with intentional holes and wavy textures was created around the 2016 election, thus the name. It’s a representation of Maharjan’s multicultural identity and others who can relate. The outward-facing part features a transparent coat of white paint, while the backside is the raw, mostly brown plastic. “Whatever is (happening) around you will affect your work, and artists have to speak up about feelings and current situ-

ations,” Maharjan says. “This is the first time I applied the white to have that façade, and it’s how I see myself so blended to this culture.” As for the plastic and fabric Maharjan uses, it’s all about showcasing possibilities. “It’s just like, ‘Oh, we can use discarded material like this.’ It’s not about just buying the expensive stuff to make artwork,” she says. “I feel here, it’s such a consumerist society; we use so much, so much. Back home, it’s opposite. We use very limited.” Her weaving work also helps keep her cultural tradition alive. Maharjan says she recently went back home and discovered that only older women still weave, as younger women are now taking on office jobs and gaining more rights.

“It’s a good part that there is a lot of development, and I’m very happy for those women,” she says. “At the same time, the weaving is going to be a history, once upon a time story. So being able to keep that alive and also introduce that into Western culture is a lot for my people.”

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The ROY G BIV CCAD Grads in the Galleries exhibit will run until Dec. 6. Keep your eyes peeled for 2020 exhibits featuring Rodney and/or Maharjan. CS20 Lydia Freudenberg is an editor. Feedback welcome at

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Gallery Exhibits Art Access Gallery: New Landscapes. Exhibit featuring landscape paintings by Joe Lombardo. Nov. 14–Jan. 11. www.artaccess The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum: Ladies First: A Century of Women’s Innovations in Comics and Cartoon Art. The exhibit celebrates how women have influenced the evolution of comics and cartoon art. Through May 3. Columbus Museum of Art: RODIN: MUSES, SIRENS, LOVERS/Selections

from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collection. Sculptural works from 1800s Auguste Rodin, an artist who revolutionized sculpture and transformed it into a medium that sparks emotion and imagination. Through Dec. 8. A Mile and a Half of Lines: The Art of James Thurber. Showcasing the iconic American cartoonist, author, journalist and playwright through his illustrations in The New Yorker, ad campaigns, others’ books and his personal projects. Through March 15. Ivy Atoms: 2019 Columbus Comics Residency Exhibition. Atoms, the winner of the


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2019 Columbus Comics Residency, presents her works in comics and cartooning. Through April 5. Driving Forces: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Ann and Ron Pizzuti. A collection of work from more than 50 artists representing more than 20 countries that shape and respond to modern culture. This exhibit spans two locations. On view through Feb. 2 at Columbus Museum of Art and through March 8 at the Pizzuti. Cultural Arts Center: Fuse Factory Annual Exhibition. Fuse Factory considers how media art translates ongoing technological phenomena. Through Dec. 14. And John McCarty Retrospective. Honoring the life and works of John McCarty from his early clay work to his later sculptural work. Through Dec. 28. www.culturalartscenter Decorative Arts of Central Ohio: The Ohio Presidents: Surprising Legacies. An exploration of the eight Ohioan presidents through an exploration of artifacts from their lives. Through Dec. 29. www. Hammond Harkins Galleries: Group show featuring Cuban artist Sandra Ramos and Columbus artists Laura Alexander, Mark Bush, Aminah Robinson, and

Pam Workman. Through Dec. 1. www. Hayley Gallery: Work by artist and president of the Ohio Plein Air Society Robin Roberts. Through Dec. 10. www.local

OSU Urban Arts Space: Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Project Exhibition. The exhibition features work from graduating bachelor of fine arts majors at OSU and shows a range of media that reflects their course work throughout their undergraduate years. Dec. 3–14.

Keny Galleries: Grace Martin Taylor and the Provincetown Printer Makers and James Thurber. Dec.13-Jan. 10. www.keny

Otterbein University Frank Museum of Art: Jun Kaneko: Dot in Space. Ceramic vessels featuring gemotic designs. Through Dec. 6.

Marcia Evans Gallery: Holiday Art Gifts. Exhibit offers homemade craftwork such as paintings, locally made candles and jewelry. Dec. 1-31. www.marciaevans

Otterbein University Miller Gallery: Patti Warashina: Conversations in Clay. Ce-

ramic pieces, including humanistic sculptures doing various activities. Through Dec. 6. ROY G BIV Gallery: CCAD Grads in the Galleries. Works by Anita Maharjan and Erica Rodney. Through Dec. 6. And Small Works Show. A cash and carry show that features work no larger than 12x12x12. Dec. 13–Jan. 4. Sherrie Gallerie: Wesley Harvey. The exhibit features playful, functional ceramics created by Atlanta-based artist Wesley Harvey. Dec. 7–Jan. 5.

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McConnell Arts Center: Millworks. Selection of fourteen artists work displayed in a studio building in East Columbus. Through Jan. 12. Ohio Art Council’s Riffe Gallery: 2019 Biennial Juried Exhibition. The third juried exhibition of the Riffe Gallery, presenting the work of 62 Ohio artists. Through Jan. 10. Ohio Craft Museum: Gifts of the Craftsmen. A unique holiday shopping experience with limited-edition jewelry, ceramics, glass, clothing and more. Through Dec. 23. The Ohio State University Faculty Club: Nature’s Impression. The exhibit features artwork by Granville painter Paul Hamilton. Through Dec. 31.

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What to watch, what to watch for and what not to miss! CAPA presents Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Through Dec. 2 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The beloved tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and Tiny Tim returns to Columbus for its 40th anniversary. Shadowbox Live presents Cratchit: A Holiday Musical Through Dec. 22 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. We all know Scrooge, but what about his clerk, Bob Cratchit? Don’t miss this

jukebox musical filled with rock and holiday music. Shadowbox Live presents Holiday Hoopla Through Dec. 28 Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. This annual show is back! Enjoy sketch comedies, seasonal music and the beloved Santa Babies. Short North Stage presents Saturday Night Fever Through Dec. 29 Garden Theatre, 1187 N. High St. Grab your disco boots and travel back to the 1970s with the musical rendition of the famous film. BYOB Holiday Cruise & Lights Tour Dec. 1–Jan. 5, 9-11 p.m. North High Brewing, 1288 N. High St. Bring your whole crew and get ready to drink! The tour starts and ends in the Short North Arts District.

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Cirque Musica presents Holiday Wishes Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Run away to the circus with Cirque Musica’s Holiday Wishes concert. This performance brings the joy of Christmas and the circus together with a live symphony orchestra.

CAPA presents An Evening with Over the Rhine Dec. 4, 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Over the Rhine, an extremely talented couple, brings a night of musical masterpieces to Columbus. They are celebrating their 2019 album release, Love & Revelation. Columbus Jazz Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays Dec. 4-8 Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. The Columbus Jazz Orchestra welcomes you to enjoy their entertaining holiday concert. Guest stars include Nicki Parrott, the vocalist and bassist, and Z.F. Taylor, a vocalist from Columbus. Straight No Chaser: The Open Bar Tour Dec. 5, 8 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. The talented a capella group is headed out on tour to display their latest record, One Shot. Holiday Lights Tour Dec. 5-27 LeVeque Tower, 50 W. Broad St. Explore downtown Columbus to enjoy thousands of twinkling lights in locations including Scioto Mile and Columbus Commons. www.columbus

Up Front at Shadowbox Live: TBD: The Improvised Musical Dec. 6 and 20, 8 p.m. Shadowbox Live, 503 S. Front St. Don’t miss this full-length, completely improvised musical that uses a title based on the audience’s request. www.shadow Tom Segura Dec. 6-7 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Tom Segura, a comedian from Cincinnati and well known for Netflix special Completely Normal, is coming to Columbus for his Take It Down Tour. www.tom Columbus Winterfair Dec. 6-8 Ohio Expo Center, 717 E. 17th Ave. Pick up Christmas presents at the 43rd annual Winterfair, offering fine craft by more than 400 artists from across America.

Short North Food Tour Friday and Saturdays, Dec. 6-28 North Market, 59 Spruce St. Take a stroll through Columbus’ most bustling area to experience a day of dining and shopping. www.columbusfood

Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents Holiday Pops Dec. 6-8 Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. The best way to spread holiday cheer is singing loud for all to hear, or by listening to the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and Chorus sing loud! www.columbus CATCO is Kids presents A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Dec. 6-22 Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave. Everyone loves Christopher Robin and his furry friends. Eeyore’s Christmas story is perfect for children to learn about sharing and caring during the holidays.

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UA’s Downtown Holiday Lights Tour Dec. 10, 6:30-9 p.m. Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Rd., Upper Arlington Pack the whole family in the van to drive through downtown Columbus and experience the magic of holiday lights. Columbus Symphony Orchestra presents American Festival Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St. Go on a musical journey that addresses deeply moving times in American history. The captivating rhythm takes you to the Underground Railroad and documents the freeing of 800 slaves. www.columbus CAPA presents Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 2019 Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Celebrated saxophonist Dave Koz will perform with Jonathon Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker.

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COSI After Dark: Toys Dec. 12, 6 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Bring out your inner child for this 21-and-up night of exploring science. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra presents Messiah Side-by-Side Sing Along Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m. Southern Theatre, 21 W. Main St. Raise your voice with the orchestra to sing along to Christmas carols. www.promusica CAPA presents Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec. 13-14 Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. With his nose so bright, Rudolph and his crew take over the stage to teach a special holiday message.

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CAPA presents A Magical Cirque Christmas Dec. 15, 7 p.m. Palace Theatre, 34 W. Broad St. Watch astounding performers and cirque artists come together to celebrate the season of cheer. www.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Dec. 26, 3 and 8 p.m. Nationwide Arena, 200 W. Nationwide Blvd. The TSO has a brand new production of Christmas Eve & Other Stories that hasn’t been performed in over eight years. Family Friday Night Dec. 27, 5-9 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Bring the family for a night of fun exploring COSI’s exhibits.

Dusty Guitar presents Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical Dec. 17, 6 p.m. Jazz Arts Group presents Swingin’ Palace Theatre, Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes in the New Year 34 W. Broad St. For the first time ever, the Dec. 28, 8-10 p.m. BalletMet presents The Nutcracker Elf is leaving the shelf and heading to the Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Dec. 13-28 Jazz trumpeter Byron Stripling and his theater as this all-new musical heads to CoOhio Theatre, 39 E. State St. quartet ring in the New Year. Buy tickets lumbus. Make this beautiful ballet a holiday traearly, because it has sold out the past two dition and enjoy the magic of the theater Mad Mad Men Swingin’ Holiday Show years! as Clara journeys to meet the Sugar Plum Dec. 19-22 Fairy. Harlem Globetrotters McConnell Center, Dec. 29, 1 and 6 p.m. 777 Evening St., Worthington Santa Speedo Dash for Diabetes These shows sell out quickly, so don’t Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Dec. 14, 9:45 a.m. Watch basketball pros swish every shot miss your chance to attend the memorable Genoa Park, 303 W. Broad St. show that takes you back in time. www. while making the audience chuckle at coThis race is fun for all ages, featuring a medic skits. post-race party and a best-dressed contest, all while raising money for the Central Columbus Dance Theatre presents First Night Columbus Ohio Diabetes Association. www.lifecare Matchgirl Dec. 31, 5:30 p.m.-midnight Dec. 20, 8 p.m. and Dec. 21, 3 and 8 p.m. COSI, 333 W. Broad St. Join in on the fun with Columbus’ New Lincoln Theatre, 769 E. Long St. Andrea Bocelli Join in on the holiday ballet based on Year’s celebration with fireworks and live enDec. 14, 7:30 p.m. the story of the Little Match Girl. www. tertainment. Schottenstein Center, 555 Borror Dr. Andrea Bocelli returns to Columbus after nearly a decade to perform Christmas New Albany Symphony Orchestra classics with the Columbus Symphony presents Holiday Spectacular Orchestra. Dec. 22, 3 p.m. Jeanne B. McCoy Community Christine’s Christmas Concert Center for the Arts, 100 E. DublinDec. 14, 7:30 p.m. Granville Rd., New Albany Davidson Theatre, Riffe Center, The New Albany tradition sells out ev77 S. High St. ery year, so make sure to buy tickets soon This inspiring holiday concert by for an afternoon of holiday cheer. www. Mark King celebrates Christine Wilson, a young woman who lost her life in a house fire. Celebrate her legacy by rais- CAPA presents The Hip ing money for children’s charities. www. Hop Nutcracker Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. Palace Theatre, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra 34 W. Broad St. presents Sounds of the Season The remixed contemporary dance is reDec. 14-15 turning to Columbus for an upbeat night Southern Theatre, 21 E. Main St. of holiday fun for the whole family. www. Percussion master Colin Currie comes to Columbus to perform Helen Grime’s “Percussion Concerto.” www.promusica Harlem Globetrotters 30 | December 2019

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